Paik sitting in TV Chair (1968/1976) in “Nam June Paik Werke, 1946–1976: Music, Fluxus, Video,” 1976. 
(Photo © Friedrich Rosenstiel, Cologne)

On View: Nam June Paik’s ‘Becoming Robot’ at Asia Society

In 1982, as part of a Nam June Paik performance in New York, a large metal robot/sculpture attempted to cross Madison Avenue. A hilarious documentary film made at the time shows Robot K-456 eventually getting hit by a car, but the automaton’s partly mangled skeleton continues to lumber down the street practically undeterred, even jaunty. It was entirely ahead of its time, as was its creator.

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